Ukraine war: Water supply and metro services restored in Kyiv after missile attacks


Kyiv, Ukraine
CNN

Water supplies and metro services have been restored in Kyiv, but officials continued to work on Saturday to restore heating to all residents of the Ukrainian capital, a day after a Russian missile strike targeted the city .

“The water supply has been restored to all the residents of the capital. Half of the residents of Kyiv already have heating and we are working to restore it to all residents of the city,” the city’s mayor, Vitali Klitschko, said in a post on Telegram on Saturday.

Klitschko also said that electricity had been returned to two-thirds of Kyiv residents.

“Energy supply is now available for two-thirds of Kyiv residents. But emergency cut-off schedules apply. Because the electricity shortage is important. Electrical engineers ask to continue saving electricity,” he add Klitschko.

People board a crowded bus at a public transport stop in Kyiv during a power outage.

A new barrage of Russian missile attacks across Ukraine on Friday morning put the entire country under an airstrike alert. People scrambled for shelter as explosions rang out overhead, with strikes hitting critical infrastructure and knocking out power.

In Kyiv, Klitschko reported explosions in the capital’s Desniansky district.

CNN crews in Kyiv reported hearing explosions as well as seeing and hearing missiles on Friday. They also heard air defense systems working in the Ukrainian capital.

In the central city of Kryvyi Rih, rescuers have pulled the body of an 18-month-old boy from the rubble of an apartment block that was destroyed by a Russian missile on Friday, Valentyn Reznichenko, head of the military administration Dnipropetrovsk regional. he said on Telegram on Saturday.

The boy’s parents and a 64-year-old woman were also killed, according to local authorities. Reznichenko said 13 other people, including four children, were injured.

More than 100 people lived in the apartment block that was attacked, according to Oleksandr Vilkul, head of the military administration of the city of Kryvyi Rih. They and residents of neighboring homes that also sustained damage are being cared for in temporary housing, he said Friday.

In the northeastern city of Kharkiv, Oleh Syniehubv, head of the regional military administration, said on Friday that “critical infrastructure facilities” were affected in the Chuhuiv district.

Sections of the Ukrainian railway system in the Kharkiv, Kirovohrad, Donetsk and Dnipropetrovsk regions were without power after the missile attacks, and spare diesel locomotives were replacing some services.

Ukraine’s Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko said nine power-generating facilities were damaged in Friday’s attacks and warned of more emergency shutdowns.

Russia’s persistent and widespread attacks on Ukraine’s energy grid have, at least temporarily, left millions of civilians without electricity, heat, water and other critical services during the bitter winter months.

Repeated missile and drone strikes since October, which have damaged or destroyed civilian infrastructure, are part of a Kremlin strategy to terrorize Ukrainians and violate the laws of war, experts say.

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